Stabat Mater

Antonino Fogliani - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1832 Version) & Giovanna d'Arco (2016)

Antonino Fogliani - Rossini: Stabat Mater (1832 Version) & Giovanna d'Arco
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 71:07 min | 303 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2016

Rossini's Stabat Mater is one of the staples of the sacred music repertoire but had a complicated history. He wrote it for performance in Madrid but, running short of time, enlisted the help of his friend Giovanni Tadolini. Rossini completed six pieces, Tadolini seven. Tadolini's pieces now only exist as piano reductions but conductor Antonino Fogliani has orchestrated them to allow listeners to hear the original work for the first time since 1833. Marco Tarelli's 2009 orchestration of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc), a cantata for solo voice, is also heard on this first recording.
Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017) [24/96]

Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:09 minutes | 1.09 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Handel wrote little for his native tongue, but what he did demonstrates a particular level of contemplative piety while still employing the familiar techniques of Italian opera. Praise for the beauty of nature and eternal life are the subjects of the sacred poems by his contemporary Barthold Heinrich Brockes which Handel set to music in his 'Nine German Arias'. Each aria celebrates an aspect of nature, from the beauty of a flaming rose to the sweetness of silence, with extraordinary tenderness and sincerity.
Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm (2004)

Paradisi Gloria - Stabat Mater: Poulenc, Szymanowski, Penderecki, Rihm (2004)
Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Soloists
conducted by Marcello Viotti, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, Sacred | Label: Profil | # PH04035 | Time: 01:06:02

This 2004 survey of modern settings of the medieval sequence Stabat Mater Dolorosa is part of conductor Marcello Viotti's project to record the little-known but worthy sacred works of the twentieth century, in conjunction with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Chorus for their concert series Paradisi gloria. The four works by Francis Poulenc, Karol Szymanowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Wolfgang Rihm are dramatically different in conception and musical content, and may be regarded more as reflections of personal faith than as practical works for ecclesiastical purposes.
Marie-Luise Hinrichs - Pergolesi: Stabat mater, P. 77 - Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas (2017)

Marie-Luise Hinrichs - Pergolesi: Stabat mater, P. 77 - Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:54:58 | 127 MB
Label: CPO

Marie-Luise Hinrichs created a great national and international sensation in the music world with her own piano arrangements of compositions by the medieval saint Hildegard von Bingen, to which she lent new pianistic touches. She now has prepared a piano version of Pergolesi’s world-famous Stabat Mater. The pianist herself writes: “Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater fascinated me from the very beginning. The music is so deeply moving that I made it a top priority to play it on the piano and to rewrite the music for this instrument. While I was rewriting the Stabat Mater, I experienced phases of great enthusiasm for this work and even days during which I could not continue to write because its profound sadness had overwhelmed me. However, it also has a marvellous turn, when at the end it speaks of the glory of paradise and the protection offered by the cross and along with it the grace of Christ.” This release showcases a gripping and profound performance with the hallmarks typifying Marie-Luise Hinrichs and her luminous, most finely nuanced and warm piano sound.
Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek - Dvorák: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Czech Philharmonic & Jiri Belohlavek - Dvorák: Stabat Mater, Op.58, B.71 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 82:57 minutes | 1.38 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The year 1875 was something of an annus mirabilis for Dvořák: in just twelve months he composed his Fifth Symphony, the E major String Serenade, three important chamber works, four Moravian Duets and the five-act grand opera Vanda. It also marked both a peak in his fortunes – for the first time he received a state prize to help struggling young artists – and a year of deep personal sadness for the composer and his wife Anna, with the death on 19 September of their infant daughter Josefa.
Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater (2017)

Orpheus Vokalensemble, Concerto Köln & Florian Helgath - Mayr: Missa in C Minor & Stabat Mater
Classical, Sacred, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:39 min | 367 MB
Label: Carus | Tracks: 23 | Rls.date: 2017

Johann Simon Mayr, born in Upper Bavaria, left a legacy of sixty operas and more than six hundred sacred and chamber music compositions. In the early 18th century, this extremely productive composer was one of the most successful opera composers in Northern Italy and his works were played all over Europe. It is all the more remarkable that he is practically unknown today. The quality of the music cannot be the reason, as is proved by the present recording of the Mass in C minor and the Stabat Mater. Excellent soloists, the Orpheus Vokalensemble and Concerto Köln under the baton of Florian Helgath do justice to the music.
Estevan Velardi & Alessandro Stradella Consort - Bononcini: Stabat mater (2017)

Estevan Velardi & Alessandro Stradella Consort - Bononcini: Stabat mater
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 56:42 min | 242 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 22 | Rls.date: 2017

This CD contains the Stabat Mater by Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677‐1726), one of the earliest and most famous works in this genre, on a par with the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi.
Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170 (2017)

Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica & David Bates - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Bach: Cantatas, BWV 54 & 170
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 64:04 min | 279 MB
Label: Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 21 | Rls.date: 2017

Two of Bach s finest cantatas, both for solo alto, composed in Weimar (1714) and Leipzig (1726) respectively, are here coupled with the delicious agony of grief that is Pergolesi s 'Stabat mater', an acknowledged masterpiece by one of the 18th century s most influential composers.
Poulenc - Gloria, Stabat Mater (Ozawa, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Battle) [1989]

Poulenc - Gloria, Stabat Mater (Ozawa, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Battle) [1989]
EAC Rip | FLAC, TRACKS+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1cd, 224 MB
Classical | Label: DG | Catalog Number: 427 3042 7 | TT: 51’56

This is the simply a slpendid recording- well paced, energetic and in excellent sound. I have a suspicion that many people drawn to these works pay undo emphasis on the choir [or they are choir singers] and understandably get frustrating when the choir is not front and center in the musical proceedings. But what Poulenc wrote here does not emphasize the choir [he was a master instrumentalist after all!] so the orchestra should be more prominent at times. Ragardless, this is a great performance!
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Mariss Jansons - Antonin Dvorak: Stabat Mater (2015)

Antonín Dvořák - Stabat Mater (2015)
Erin Wall, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo; Christian Elsner, tenor; Liang Li, bass
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Mariss Jansons, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: BR Klassik | # 900142 | 01:17:55

Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, written in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his children, is a sober and powerful work, inexplicably neglected and unlike any other work of choral music from the 19th century. Perhaps most performances don't capture its full weight, but this live recording from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, does so. There are many deep pleasures here. The orchestra's choir is extraordinary: rich yet without a hint of wobble and utterly clear in its sense of the text. Jansons keeps things at a deliberate pace that lets the music breathe and the currents of personal experience rise to the surface. The soloists, none terribly well known, are fine in their individual numbers, but absolutely transcendent in ensembles, nowhere more so that in the sublime "Quando corpus morietur" finale (track 10); there are a couple of other strong recordings of this work, but it seems likely that no one has ever matched this conclusion. The live recording from the Herkulessaal in Munich is impressively transparent and faithful to the spontaneity of the event. A superb Dvorák release.